Glass Half Full: Appreciate one another during the holiday season
December 16, 2015
Heading into Christmas week, it's important to stop and recognize some folks in our community who exemplify the Spirit of Giving throughout the year.
It's easy to take for granted the many angels among us who, time and again, reach out to help those less fortunate or who are in need in any way.
Assistance can be tangible — walking dogs for someone who is ailing, picking up groceries for someone housebound, watching friends' children so the parents can squeeze in a date night.
It can also be more ephemeral — a smile from a stranger, a reason to laugh, something as gracious as letting you merge from a side road.
As a Rotarian, one of my duties each year is to work in the Christmas tree lot, selling trees to raise funds to support local projects. We are grateful to Raley's for letting us use a corner of their parking lot and their safe at night.
The project itself is massive, requiring an educated guess, well in advance, of how many trees of what type and size will sell best in a particular year. Fortunately, that duty is not mine. Nor am I ever able to help unload and tag the 290 trees when they arrive.
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However, I hear about that monumental endeavor from those who do participate. Let's face it, many Rotarians who used to be young and strong are, like me, less young and less strong. The notion of unloading and moving heavy trees around a snowy lot is more than daunting.
To the rescue every year come the fire department, the Boy Scouts, and JROTC members. The former shows up whenever the trees arrive and quickly, efficiently and cheerfully build a small forest in the enclosure.
Throughout the three weeks of tree sales, Boy Scouts and JROTC members volunteer to assist. They are especially helpful loading purchases on to the tops of cars. Thanks, too, go to Beth Moxley of Rockwood Tree Service, who annually provides the firewood to warm the chilly hands, feet, and faces of volunteers selling trees.
Throughout Incline, many organizations and individuals are responsible for projects (Toys for Tots, The Giving Tree, and so many more) that benefit everyone, ultimately.
Each of us can make a difference; each of us has gifts to bestow, whether they be of time, talent or treasure. We are a remarkable, generous and close community.
Let us all now, especially, stop to appreciate each other and be grateful that we live where we do and share so much with others who care.
We know our population is about to explode with those who join us for the winter season. Yes, the parking lots and eating establishments and roads will be full, Yes, the roads will be more crowded.
We can handle the additions with grace and generosity. We are Incline Village; we take care of each other and guests.
Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at http://www.laketahoeschool.org.
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